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I have a H. l. Phillips Chicago piano serial number 136484! The piano has been in the family for several generations! I am not sure the last time it has been tuned or looked at by a professional! I would like to know as much information about the piano makings as possible! I have searched and found praticaly no usefull info. Is this piano even worth keeping or restoring for my children! The sentimental value may be all that is tied to this piano!

Hi Brandi,

Your H.L. Phillips upright was manufactured in 1922 by the Cable-Nelson Piano Company which made this line of piano for the Knight-Campbell Music Company in Denver, Colorado.

To guide you, however, on whether or not to restore this instrument would require a visual inspection of it and its 12,000 parts. Have a technician service the instrument and assess its actual condition. If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild ( Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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